Medical Assistant Program
An important member of the health care team, the Medical Assistant helps patients
and providers in today’s medical clinics. From updating electronic medical records
and performing laboratory services to giving injections and assisting with procedures,
the medical assistant performs an essential role.
The Medical Assistant program at Columbia Basin College (CBC) prepares students to work within a medical office with valuable skills in office administration as well as clinical and patient care skills. Medical Assistants are commonly employed in outpatient physician offices, clinics, health maintenance organizations and hospitals. The program consists of three quarters of coursework followed by a 198-hour unpaid externship with a local employer.
The Medical Assisting program at Columbia Basin College has a job placement rate of 96.77% (2018).
This program has a mandatory Medical Assistant information session requirement. Questions will be answered by an Advisor/Counselor or a program representative. Anyone interested in a CBC School of Health Sciences program should attend. These sessions are free and open to the public. Students, friends and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Both CBC and the Medical Assistant program are independently accredited. CBC is accredited
through the premier regional accrediting body, Northwest Commission on Colleges and
The Medical Assistant Certificate program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Only students completing a CAAHEP or an Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) accredited program are eligible to become certified medical assistants.
To find other accredited Medical Assistant programs, see CAAHEP and ABHES.